The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo

by Judy Bloom



PARTS (9):     Narrator 1      Narrator 2      Narrator 3       FREDDY DISSEL    
               MIKE DISSEL     MR. DISSEL      MRS. DISSEL      MISS GUMBER       MISS MATSON

TIME REQUIRED: 15 MINUTES
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Narrator 1:   FREDDY DISSEL HAD TWO PROBLEMS.

Narrator 2:   ONE WAS HIS OLDER BROTHER MIKE.

Narrator 3:   THE OTHER WAS HIS YOUNGER SISTER ELLEN.

Narrator 2:   FREDDY THOUGHT A LOT AB0UT BEING THE ONE IN THE MIDDLE.

Narrator 1:   BUT THERE WAS NOTHING HE COULD DO ABOUT IT.

Narrator 2:   HE FELT LIKE THE PEANUT BUTTER PART OF A SANDWICH, SQUEEZED BETWEEN MIKE AND ELLEN.

Narrator 1:   EVERY YEAR MIKE GOT NEW CLOTHES.

Narrator 2:   HE GREW TOO BIG FOR HIS OLD ONES.

Narrator 1:   BUT MIKE'S OLD CLOTHES WEREN'T TOO BIG FOR FREDDY.

Narrator 2:   THEY FIT HIM JUST FINE.

Narrator 1:   FREDDY USED TO HAVE A ROOM OF HIS OWN.

Narrator 2:   THAT WAS BEFORE ELLEN WAS BORN.

Narrator 1:   NOW ELLEN HAD A ROOM OF HER OWN.

Narrator 2:   FREDDY MOVED IN WITH MIKE.  MR. AND MRS. DISSEL SAID:

MR. & MRS.:  "IT'S THE BOY'S ROOM."

Narrator 1:   BUT THEY COULDN'T FOOL FREDDY.

Narrator 2:   HE KNEW BETTER.

Narrator 1:   ONCE FREDDY TRIED TO JOIN MIKE AND HIS FRIENDS.

Narrator 3:   MIKE SAID:

MIKE:        "SCOOT, KID! YOU'RE IN THE WAY!"

Narrator 1:   SO FREDDY TRIED TO PLAY WITH ELLEN.

Narrator 2:   ELLEN DIDN'T UNDERSTAND HOW TO PLAY HIS WAY.

Narrator 1:   SHE MESSED UP ALL OF FREDDY'S THINGS.

Narrator 2:   FREDDY G0T MAD AND PINCHED HER.

Narrator 3:   ELLEN SCREAMED.

MRS. DISSEL: "FREDDY DISSEL!"

Narrator 3:   MOM YELLED.

MRS. DISSEL: "YOU SHOULDN'T BE MEAN TO ELLEN. SHE'S SMALLER THAN YOU. SHE'S JUST A BABY!"

Narrator 1:   ELLEN DIDN'T LOOK LIKE A BABY TO FREDDY.

Narrator 2:   SHE DIDN'T SOUND LIKE A BABY EITHER.

FREDDY:      "SHE EVEN G0ES TO NURSERY SCHOOL."

Narrator 3:   FREDDY THOUGHT.

FREDDY:      "SOME BABY"

Narrator 1:   FREDDY FIGURED THINGS WOULD NEVER GET BETTER FOR HIM.

Narrator 2:   HE WOULD ALWAYS 8E A GREAT BIG MIDDLE NOTHING.

Narrator 1:   THEN FREDDY DISSEL HEARD ABOUT THE SCHOOL PLAY.

Narrator 3:   MIKE HAD NEVER BEEN IN A PLAY.  ELLEN HAD NEVER BEEN IN A PLAY.

Narrator 1:   THIS WAS HIS CHANCE TO DO SOMETHING SPECIAL.

Narrator 2:   FREDDY DECIDED HE WOULD TRY IT.

Narrator 1:   HE WAITED TWO WHOLE DAYS BEFORE HE WENT TO HIS TEACHER.

FREDDY:      "MISS GUMBER'

Narrator 3:   HE SAID.
    
FREDDY:      "I WANT TO BE IN THE SCHOOL PLAY."

Narrator 1:   MISS GUMBER SMILED AND SHOOK HER HEAD.

MS. GUMBER:  "I'M SORRY, FREDDY."

Narrator 3:   SHE SAID.

MS. GUMBER:  "THE PLAY IS BEING DONE BY THE FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADERS... THE BIG BOYS AND GIRLS 
              LIKE MIKE."

Narrator 1:   FREDDY LOOKEO AT THE FLOOR AND MUMBLED:

FREDDY:      "THAT FIGURES!"

Narrator 2:   HE STARTED TO WALK AWAY.

MS. GUMBER:  "WAIT A MINUTE, FREDDY."

Narrator 3:   MISS GUMBER CALLED.

MS. GUMBER:  "I'LL TALK WITH MISS MATSON ANYWAY.  SHE'S IN CHARGE OF THE PLAY. I'LL FIND OUT 
              IF THEY NEED ANY SECOND GRADERS TO HELP."

Narrator 1:   FINALLY, MISS GUMBER TOLD FREDDY THAT MISS MATSON NEEDED SOMEONE TO PLAY A SPECIAL
              PART.

Narrator 3:   MISS GUMBER SAID:

MS. GUMBER:  "GO TO THE AUDITORIUM THIS AFTERNOON. MAYBE YOU'LL GET THE PART."

FREDDY:      "OH, BOY!"

Narrator 3:   FREDDY HOLLERED.

Narrator 1:   LATER, HE WENT TO THE AUDITORIUM.

Narrator 2:   MISS MATSON WAS WAITING FOR HIM.

Narrator 1:   FREDDY WALKED R1GHT UP CLOSE TO HER.

Narrator 3:   HE SAID:

FREDDY:      "I WANT TO BE IN THE PLAY."

Narrator 1:   MISS MATSON ASKED HIM TO G0 UP ON THE STAGE AND SAY THAT AGAIN IN A VERY LOUD VOICE.

Narrator 2:   FREDDY HAD NEVER BEEN ON THE STAGE.

Narrator 1:   IT WAS BIG..

Narrator 2:   IT MADE HIM FEEL SMALL.

Narrator 1:   HE LOOKED OUT AT MISS MATSON.

FREDDY:      "I  AM  F R E D D Y !"

Narrator 3:   HE SHOUTED.

FREDDY:      "I  W A N T  T O  B E  I N  T H E  P L A Y !"

MS. MATSON:  "GOOD."

Narrator 3:   MISS MATSON CALLED.

MS. MATSON:  "NOW THEN, FREDDY, CAN YOU JUMP?"

FREDDY:      "WHAT KIND OF QUESTION WAS THAT?"

Narrator 3:   FREDDY WONDERED.

Narrator 2:   OF COURSE HE COULD JUMP. HE WAS IN THE SECOND GRADE WASN'T HE?

Narrator 1:   SO HE JUMPED. HE JUMPED ALL AROUND THE STAGE.

Narrator 2:   BIG JUMPS AND LITTLE JUMPS.

Narrator 1:   WHEN HE WAS THROUGH MISS MATSON CLAPPED HER HANDS

Narrator 2:   AND FREDDY CLIMBED DOWN FROM THE STAGE.

MS. MATSON:  "I THINK YOU'LL DE FINE AS THE GREEN KANGAROO, FREDDY."

Narrator 3:   MISS MATSON SAID.

MS. MATSON:  "IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT PART."

Narrator 1:   FREDDY DIDN'T TELL ANYONE AT HOME ABOUT THE PLAY UNTIL DINNER TIME.

Narrator 3:   THEN FREDDY SAID, 

FREDDY:      "GUESS WHAT, EVERYONE! GUESS WHAT I'M GOING TO BE!"

Narrator 1:   NO ONE PAID ANY ATTENTION TO WHAT FREDDY WAS SAYING. THEY WERE TOO BUSY EATING.

FREDDY:      "I'M G0ING TO BE IN A PLAY."

Narrator 3:   FREDDY SAID.

FREDDY:      "I'M GOING TO BE THE GREEN KANGAROO."

Narrator 1:   MIKE CHOKED ON HIS POTATO AND KNOCKED OVER A WHOLE GLASS OF MILK.

Narrator 2:   ELLEN LAUGHED BECAUSE MIKE SPILLED HIS MILK.

Narrator 1:   MR. DISSEL JUMPED UP.

Narrator 2:   HE PATTED MIKE ON THE BACK TO MAKE HIM STOP CHOKING.

Narrator 1:   MRS. DISSEL RAN TO GET THE SPONGE.

Narrator 2:   SHE CLEANED UP THE SPILLED MILK.

Narrator 1:   FREDDY JUST SAT THERE AND SMILED.
 
MIKE:        "WHAT DID YOU SAY?"

Narrator 3:   MIKE ASKED.

FREDDY:      "I SAID I'M GOING TO BE IN THE SCHOOL PLAY.  I SAID I'M GOING TO BE THE GREEN
              KANGAROO!"

MIKE:        "IT CAN'T BE TRUE."

Narrator 3:   MIKE YELLED.

MIKE:        "YOU?  WHY WOULD THEY PICK YOU?"

Narrator 1:   EVERYONE SETTLED DOWN.

Narrator 2:   FREDDY TOLD THEM JUST HOW HE GOT THE PART.

FREDDY:      "IT'S REALLY TRUE."

Narrator 3:   HE SAID.

FREDDY:      "JUST ME. ALL BY MYSELF. THE ONLY GREEN KANGAROO IN THE PLAY." 

MR. DISSEL:  "THAT SOUNDS WONDERFUL."

Narrator 3:   HIS DAD SAID.

Narrator 1:   AND HIS MOM KISSED HIM RIGHT AT THE DINNER TABLE.

MRS. DISSEL: "WE'RE ALL PROUD OF YOU, FREDDY."

Narrator 3:   SHE SAID.

Narrator 1:   ELLEN WAS EXCITED, TOO. SHE KEPT LAUGHING.

Narrator 2:   BUT MIKE JUST SHOOK HIS HEAD AND REPEATED:

MIKE:        "WOW!  HE'S GOING TO BE THE GREEN KANGAROO!"

Narrator 1:   THE NEXT TWO WEEKS WERE BUSY ONES FOR FREDDY. HE HAD TO PRACTICE BEIN6 THE GREEN
              KANGAROO A LOT.

Narrator 2:   HE PRACTICED AT SCHOOL ON THE STAGE.

Narrator 1:   HE PRACTICED AT HOME, TOO.

Narrator 2:   HE MADE KANGAROO FACES IN FRONT OF THE MIRROR.

Narrator 1:   HE OID KANGAROO JUMPS ON HIS BED.

Narrator 2:   HE EVEN DREAMED ABOUT GREEN KANGAROOS AT NIGHT.

Narrator 1:   FINALLY, THE DAY OF THE PLAY CAME.

Narrator 2:   THE WHOLE FAMILY AND THE NEIGHBORS PLANNED TO BE THERE.

Narrator 1:   MRS. DISSEL HUGGED FREDDY EXTRA HARD AS HE LEFT FOR SCHOOL.

MRS. DISSEL: "WE'LL BE THERE WATCHIN6 YOU, GREEN KANGAROO."

Narrator 3:   SHE SAID.

Narrator 1:   AFTER LUNCH MISS GUMBER CALLED TO FREDDY.

MS. GUMBER:  "TIME TO G0 NOW. TIME TO GET INTO YOUR COSTUME."

Narrator 1:   MISS GUMBER WALKED TO THE HALL WITH FREDDY.

Narrator 3:   THEN SHE WHISPERED:

MS. GUMBER:  "WE'LL BE IN THE SECONO ROW. G00D LUCK!'

Narrator 1:   FREDDY WENT TO MISS MATSON'S ROOM.

Narrator 2:   THE GIRLS IN THE SIXTH GRADE HAD MADE HIS COSTUME.

Narrator 1:   THEY ALL GIGGLED WHEN MISS HATSON HELPED FREDDY INTO IT.

Narrator 2:   HIS GREEN KANGAROO SUIT COVERED ALL OF HIM.

Narrator 1:   IT EVEN HAD GREEN FEET.

Narrator 2:   ONLY HIS FACE STUCK OUT.

Narrator 1:   MISS MATSON PUT SOME GREEN DOTS ON IT.

Narrator 2:   MISS MATSON LAUGHED.

MS. MATSON:  "WE'LL WASH THE DOTS OFF LATER. OK?"
   
FREDDY:      "OKAY.'

Narrator 3:   FREDDY MUMBLED.

Narrator 1:   HE JUMPED OVER TO THE MIRROR.

Narrator 2:   HE LOOKED AT HIMSELF.

Narrator 1:   HE REALLY FELT LIKE A GREEN KANGAROO.

Narrator 2:   IT WAS TIME FOR THE PLAY TO BEGIN.

Narrator 1:   FREDDY WAITED BACKSTAGE WITH THE FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADERS WHO WERE IN THE PLAY.

Narrator 2:   THEY LOOKED AT HIM AND GIGGLED.

Narrator 1:   HE TRIED TO SMILE BACK.

Narrator 2:   BUT THE SMlLE WOULDN'T COME.

Narrator 1:   HIS HEART STARTED TO BEAT FASTER.

Narrator 2:   HIS STOMACH BOUNCED UP AND DOWN.

Narrator 1:   HE FELT FUNNY.

Narrator 2:   THEN MISS MATSON LEANED CLOSE TO HIM.

Narrator 3:   SHE SAID:

MS. MATSON:  "THEY'RE WAITING FOR YOU, FREDDY. GO AHEAD."

Narrator 1:   HE JUMPED OUT ONTO THE STAGE.

Narrator 2:   HE LOOKED OUT INTO THE AUDIENCE.

Narrator 1:   ALL THOSE PEOPLE WERE DOWN THERE---SOMEWHERE.

Narrator 2:   HE KNEW THEY WERE.

Narrator 1:   IT WAS VERY QUIET.

Narrator 2:   HE COULD HEAR HIS HEART.

Narrator 1:   HE THOUGHT HE SAW HIS MOM AND DAD.

Narrator 2:   HE THOUGHT HE SAW ELLEN.

Narrator 1:   HE THOUGHT HE SAW MIKE AND HIS SECOND GRADE CLASS AND MISS GUMBER AND ALL OF THE
              NEIGHBORS, TOO.

Narrator 2:   THEY WERE ALL OUT THERE SOMEWHERE.

Narrator 1:   THEY WERE ALL IN THE MIDDLE OF THE AUDIENCE.

Narrator 2:   PUT FREDDY WASN'T IN THE MIDDLE.

Narrator 1:   HE WAS ALL BY HIMSELF UP ON THE STAGE.

Narrator 2:   HE HAD A JOB TO DO.

Narrator 1:   HE HAD TO BE THE GREEN KANGAROO.

Narrator 2:   FREDDY SMILED.

Narrator 1:   HIS HEART SLOWED DOWN.

Narrator 2:   HIS STOMACH STAYED STILL.

Narrator 1:   HE FELT BETTER.

Narrator 3:   HE SMILED A BIGGER, WIDER SMILE.

Narrator 1:   HE FELT GOOD.

FREDDY:      "H E L L O   E V E R Y O N E !"

Narrator 3:   FREDDY SAID.

FREDDY:      "I   A M   T H E   G R E E N   K A N G A R O O.    W E L C O M E!"

Narrator 1:   THE PLAY BEGAN.

Narrator 2:   FREDDY DID HIS LITTLE JUMPS.

Narrator 1:   EVERY NOW AND THEN ONE OF THE FIFTH OR SIXTH GRADERS IN THE PLAY SAID TO HIM:

Narrator 2:   AND WHO ARE YOU?" 

FREDDY:      "ME?   I   A M   T H E   G R E E N   K A N G A R O O!

Narrator 3:   IT WAS EASY.

Narrator 1:   THAT WAS ALL HE HAD TO SAY.

Narrator 2:   IT WAS FUN, TOO.

Narrator 1:   EVERY TIME HE SAID IT, THE AUDIENCE LAUGHED.

Narrator 3:   FREDDY LIKED IT WHEN THEY LAUGHED.

Narrator 1:   IT WAS A FUNNY PLAY.

Narrator 2:   WHEN IT WAS ALL OVER EVERYONE ON THE STAGE TOOK A BOW.

Narrator 1:   THEN MISS MATSON CAME OUT AND WAITED FOR THE AUDIENCE TO GET QUIET.

Narrator 3:   SHE SAID:

MS. MATSON:   A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR SECOND GRADER FREDDY DISSEL.  HE PLAYED THE PART OF THE
              GREEN KANGAROO.

Narrator 1:   FREDDY JUMPED OVER TO THE MIDDLE OF THE STAGE.

Narrator 2:   HE TOOK A BIG BOW ALL BY HIMSELF.

Narrator 3:   THE AUDIENCE CLAPPED HARD FOR A LONG TIME.

Narrator 2:   FREDDY DIDN'T CARE MUCH ABOUT WEARING MIKE'S CLOTHES ANYMORE.

Narrator 1:   HE DIDN'T CARE MUCH ABOUT SHARING MIKE'S ROOM EITHER.

Narrator 2:   HE DIDN'T CARE MUCH THAT ELLEN WAS SMALL AND CUTE.

Narrator 3:   HE DIDN'T EVEN CARE MUCH ABOUT BEING THE ONE IN THE MIDDLE.

Narrator 1:   HE FELT JUST GREAT BEING FREDDY DISSEL.